Youngsters set for loan moves

Mon, 28 May 16:11:44 2012

Leeds' latest Academy products could be sent out on loan next season to gain first-team experience.

The club has good reason for optimism after the Under-18s finished as divisional runners-up to Newcastle, while skipper Andy Lenighan and Sam Byram have both been rewarded with professional contracts, but the likes of older Academy products Zac Thompson, Charlie Taylor and twins Nathan and Lewis Turner may benefit from short-term deals with other clubs.

"I don't think they're ready just yet for the first team," manager Neil Warnock said. "We re-signed the Turner twins and we're talking to Zac and Charlie about giving them a new contract.

"I think with Charlie and Zac I'll almost be disappointed if they're in my first team at the start of next season and that's not being disrespectful to them, because I think both of them could do with going out on loan and playing regular first-team football for two or three months, hopefully together.

"I've spoken to a couple of managers already about them because I think they need toughening up in first-team football rather than reserves and getting 10 minutes on here and there, they need three or four months of playing.

"But there aren't a lot at the moment that I would think I could put in and I've had different scenarios. At Crystal Palace they were coming out of everywhere with seven or eight lads who could almost go in your first team. QPR wasn't as good as Palace in that respect, but there were two or three who could do that. Here, at the moment the lads I've mentioned probably need more experience before we can fling them in."


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